Lawmaker Calls For Calif. ‘Open Carry’ Gun Ban

Says law enforcement officers back measure

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In the wake of the recent deadly shooting in Tucson, congressional Democrats are calling for tighter control on guns and one local assemblyman is leading the effort.

State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who represents Pasadena and surrounding cities, has introduced a bill to ban the “open carry” of firearms in the state of California.

Portantino tells KNX 1070 that law enforcement officers have thrown their support behind the bill.

The assemblyman’s efforts are the latest to join a chorus of politicians targeting stricter gun limits: U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently voiced her support for tougher federal gun laws after the mass shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and 14 others wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Tucson).

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